If I am applying for reissue of damaged passport will I get a renewed passport?
Yes, your passport is damaged according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Consular, Passport and Visa Division:
Q1: What is the definition of damaged passport?
A: Damaged passport is classified further based on the extent of damage, i.e.:
- Damaged Passport - Passport number is readable, name is legible and photo is intact
- Damaged beyond recognition
You say Photo is smudged 20-30 %, therefore, the photo is not intact. Your passport is damaged.
Can I apply for renewal with a damaged passport.
Yes you can. This passport may not be accepted in other countries, to re-issue your passport:
Q4: What is the procedure to apply for duplicate passport in case of lost or damaged passport?
A: To apply for duplicate passport in case of lost or damaged passport, you need to apply for "Re-issue" of passport.
This is a re-issue of your passport. It will be a duplicate with the same expiration date. The re-issue passport and renewal options are different. After receiving your passport you will need to renew it separately.
What are the chances of rejection if I am applying for a UK Visit visa(Only for tour)?
This may well be rejected as your passport is considered damaged.
Your damaged is considered wear and tear, so if you need to go abroad on an urgent basis, you can apply for an urgent replacement passport under the Tatkaal scheme:
Q6: My passport booklet is damaged. I want to go abroad on urgent basis. What should I do?
A: In case your passport has not been damaged beyond recognition, i.e. passport number is legible, name is legible and photo is intact, then you can apply for re-issue of passport under the Tatkaal scheme. But, if passport has been damaged beyond recognition, then you cannot apply under the Tatkaal scheme. In that case, you need to visit Passport Officer at your nearest Passport Seva Kendra to get the passport on urgent basis.